Dirk does it for Dallas

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2005

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored nine of his 35 points in the final 5 minutes — including a three-point play with 17.9 seconds — to lift the Dallas Mavericks past the Denver Nuggets 95-93 on Sunday.

After Kenyon Martin gave the Nuggets the lead with 27.5 seconds left, Nowitzki drove to the basket, hitting the tying layup and getting the foul call.

The go-ahead free throw wasn't as automatic as it might've seemed. After making 43 straight foul shots coming in, Nowitzki had already missed five. But he nailed it, and the Mavericks held on for their fifth straight win and 10th in their last 12.

Martin, who grew up in Dallas, led Denver with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Michael Finley scored 17 points for the Mavericks.

Bucks 101, Knicks 96

NEW YORK — Desmond Mason scored 22 points to lead six Milwaukee players in double figures, and the Bucks spoiled the debut of New York coach Herb Williams.

It was the 10th loss in 11 games for New York, and came one day after Lenny Wilkens stepped down as coach. Williams, an assistant under Wilkens, assumed the job for the rest of the season. But on Sunday, at least, it was the same disappointing result for the Knicks.

Stephon Marbury had 33 points to lead New York, and Jamal Crawford added 20. But it wasn't enough to stop Milwaukee from picking up its fifth road win of the season.

Joe Smith and Redd each had 14 points for Milwaukee.

Raptors 103, Bobcats 92

TORONTO — Jalen Rose scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help hand Charlotte its eight straight loss.

Rose had 12 points during Toronto's pivotal 19-4 run in the final period, when the Raptors outscored the Bobcats 26-12.

Morris Peterson added 26 points and Chris Bosh had 21 for the Raptors, who have won five straight at home.

Primoz Brezec had 19 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Heat 97, Hornets 68

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade had 18 points and seven assists, and Miami built a 25-point first-quarter lead on the way to an easy victory.

Damon Jones had 13 points and five assists, and Shaquille O'Neal added 12 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat (30-12).

Miami's 56-25 halftime lead matched the franchise's largest after two quarters — plus marked the lowest scoring first-half in Hornets' franchise history; Charlotte had 27 at halftime in Minnesota on Nov. 9, 1990.

Dan Dickau had 16 points for the Hornets, an NBA-worst 7-33.

Suns 113, Nets 105

PHOENI — Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points on 13-for-16 shooting, and Steve Nash had a season-high 30 points to help Phoenix snap a six-game losing streak.

Nash, playing his second game after missing 3 1/2 games because of thigh and back injuries, was 5-of-6 from 3-point range and had nine assists.

Vince Carter scored 32 points, and Jason Kidd had 23 for the Nets.

Spurs 103, Kings 73

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tim Duncan had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio emphatically snapped Sacramento's six-game winning streak, handing the Kings their worst home loss in more than seven years.

Tony Massenburg had a season-high 16 points against his former teammates to help the NBA-leading Spurs improve to 34-9.

Mike Bibby scored 13 points for the Kings, who lost for the first time since acquiring Cuttino Mobley in a trade with Orlando two weeks ago. Chris Webber played just 13 minutes because of an ankle injury.

SuperSonics 122, Jazz 105

SEATTLE — Rashard Lewis scored 36 points, barely missing a season high, and Antonio Daniels had 24 points and eight assists for Seattle.

Ray Allen added 20 points, and Seattle shot 59 percent (38-of-64) from the floor to snap a two-game losing skid. Carlos Boozer led Utah with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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